By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | November 13, 2018

In what many believe to be going on all across the nation, US attorney Josh Minkler announced that 15 people had been arrested and charged in a corruption investigation conducted by the State Board of Accounts and the FBI, Indiana State Police and several county prosecutors.

Though the announcement was made in October, due to the news of elections, many people never heard of the arrests.

According to Minkler, the corruption led to losses in excess of $1 million.

Below is a list of those facing charges.




Federal cases include:Kellie Cline, 35, Greenwood: Cline served as the Extra-Curricular Activity (ECA) Treasurer at Greenwood Middle School. She is alleged to have stolen approximately $50,000 from the school’s extra-curricular account.

Sami Dillon, 38, Crawfordsville: Dillon served as the Clerk-Treasurer of Cayuga, in Vermillion County and is alleged to have stolen approximately $44,000 by not depositing utility receipts.

Clint Madden, 51, Columbus: Madden served as the Wayne Township Trustee and the Jonesville Volunteer Rural Fire Department Treasurer, in Bartholomew County. He is alleged to have misappropriated over $100,000 from the township and the fire department.

Mathew Mathis, 47, Columbus: Mathis served as the Treasurer of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Bartholomew County and is alleged to have stolen over $48,000 from the fire department.

Norman Burgess, 44, Danville: Burgess served as the Treasurer of the Wayne Township Fire Department in Hamilton County and is alleged to have stolen approximately $140,000 from the fire department.

State cases include:

Angela White, 44, Indianapolis: White served as the ECA Treasurer for Robey Elementary School in Wayne Township, in Marion County. She is alleged to have stolen approximately $10,000 from the school. Charges are pending with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rachel Bentz, 44, Portland: Bentz served as the Jay County Sheriff’s Department jail matron. She is alleged to have stolen approximately $9,000 by not depositing inmate trustee receipts. This case is pending with the Jay County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dallas Davis, 56, Russellville: Davis served as the Clerk-Treasurer for the Town of Russellville, and is alleged to have stolen approximately $7,600 by not properly depositing utility receipts. This case is pending with the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office.

David Buzzard, 50, Columbus: Buzzard served as the trustee for the Rock Creek Township Trustee in Bartholomew County. He is alleged to have overpaid himself and his spouse approximately $27,000. This case is pending in Bartholomew County with a special prosecutor.

Jacqueline Fitzgerald, 54, and Monica Durrett, 56: They both worked at the Indianapolis Local Public Bond Bank and are alleged to have stolen approximately $400,000. This case is pending with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Nicole DeMunck, 35, Michigan City: DeMunck served as the AK Smith Center Treasurer in the Michigan City School System. She is alleged to have stolen approximately $13,000. This case is pending with the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office.

Nichole Lowry, 47, Kewanna: Lowry served as the Pulaski County EMS Director. She is alleged to have stolen over $12,000 in training funds. This case is pending with the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cheryl Pruitt, 50, Gary: Pruitt served as the former Gary Schools Superintendent, is alleged to have received a $1,256.75 “reimbursement” for funds that she never spent.

Donald G. Minnick, 64, Gosport: Minnick served as an Owen County Commissioner. He improperly sold a vehicle to the county with a loss of $7500. He was found guilty in Owen County.

CBS reports:

Minkler said the statewide charges send a message that authorities will be ever present and vigilant to review suspicious accounting and spending at the local government level, which would also indicate that authorities expect such corruption to be endemic to the system.

“The State Board of Accounts is going around auditing these townships and they’re talking to these boards in a preventative effort to explain to them, ‘Hey, what about having somebody else besides your treasurer getting a copy of these bank statements?’”

CBS also provided statements from various parts of government who were responsible for oversight of the individuals who were busted in the investigation, along with statements by US attorneys.

This is the only thing that is going to make any serious changes in our society, bringing justice upon criminals not only regular citizens, but those who carry the public trust.


Article originally published by Tim Brown at The Washington Standard.

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, 

GunsInTheNews.com and 

TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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By Ron Paul | RPI | October 29, 2018

President Trump recently called the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes crazy. Leaving aside President Trump’s specific complaint, which is likely motivated by the belief that low rates will help him win reelection, he is right that “crazy” is a good way to describe the Federal Reserve.

When not forced to use a government-created currency, individuals have historically chosen to use a precious metal such as gold or silver as money. The reasons include that precious metals are durable and their value tends to remain relatively stable over time. A stable currency ensures that prices accurately convey the true value of goods and services.

A main value of a precious metal is it accurately conveys the true price of money, which is the Interest rate. If the interest rate reflects the manipulation of central bankers and not true market conditions, individuals will be unable to properly allocate resources between savings and current consumption.

In contrast to market money, government-created fiat currency is anything but stable. Central banks constantly increase and decrease the money supply in an attempt to control the economy by controlling the interest rates. This causes individuals to misread market conditions, leading to a misallocation of resources. This can create an illusion of prosperity. But eventually reality catches up to the Federal Reserve-created fantasies. When that happens, there is a recession or worse, leading the Fed to start the whole boom-and-bust cycle over again.

When central banks create money, those who first get the new money enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the new money causes a real increase in prices. Those who receive the money first are members of the banking and financial elite. By the time the new money reaches the middle class and working class, inflation has set in, so any gain in purchasing power is more than offset by the increase in inflation. Thus, central banking causes income inequality.




Since the Federal Reserve’s creation in 1913, the dollar has lost most of its value. The steady erosion of the dollar’s value punishes savers and rewards those who seek instant gratification even if it requires piling up massive debts. So the Federal Reserve is at least partially to blame for the rise of a culture that devalues thrift.

The very act of creating money and manipulating interest rates distorts the market. Therefore, the Federal Reserve System cannot be fixed with a “rules-based” monetary policy or even with “tying” the Fed-created money supply to the price of gold. It is amazing how many economists who oppose price controls on all other goods support allowing a secretive central bank to control the price of money.

Trusting the Federal Reserve to produce permanent prosperity instead of a boom-and-bust cycle is a textbook example of a popular definition of insanity being repeating the same action in hope of getting different results. The Federal Reserve System is as unworkable and doomed to failure as every other form of central planning.

It is likely that the next Fed-created recession will come sooner rather than later. This could be the major catastrophe that leads to the end of fiat currency. The only way to avoid crisis is to force Congress to end our monetary madness. The first steps are passing the Audit the Fed bill, allowing people to use alternative currencies, and exempting all transactions in precious metals and cryptocurrencies from capital gains taxes and other taxes.


Contributed by Ron Paul of Ron Paul Institute

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is a project of Dr. Paul’s Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (F.R.E.E.), founded in the 1970s as an educational organization. The Institute continues and expands Dr. Paul’s lifetime of public advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.


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By Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | October 24, 2018

One day after federal agents detonated a bomb discovered in the mailbox of George Soros’s home in Westchester County, Secret Service technicians have intercepted suspected bombs reportedly mailed to the homes of the Obamas as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton. The bomb sent to the Clintons was mailed to the couple’s home in Chappaqua, NY – which is also located in Westchester, according to the New York Times. The package mailed to the Obamas was sent to the former president’s office.

It wasn’t clear where the bombs were found, but the Secret Service is investigating.

The bomb found at Soros’ home was constructed from a length of pipe about six inches long that was filled with explosive powder. It was “proactively detonated” by a bomb squad that was summoned to the scene, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to the Times under the condition of anonymity. The motive of the would-be bomber – or bombers – remains unknown.

Though, as the NYT pointed out, Soros and the Clintons have both been the objects of scorn from right-wing groups.

The Secret Service has released a statement about the incidents:

“The US Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.

Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC.

The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.

The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”

Given that these incidents are almost guaranteed to unleash another torrent of speculation about unstable far-right groups, one can’t help but wonder if this is an example of Democrats pulling a Bolsonaro just two weeks before a crucial midterm vote.


Originally Published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge.


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By Isaac Davis | Waking Times | Sept. 26, 2018

The financial enslavement of the American people (and the rest of the world) is nearly complete. Not only are private banks, the Federal Reserve, and top-tier investing corporations given free rein to plunder public coffers, but the government itself spends uncontrollably, and some $21 trillion in tax money is now ‘missing.’ Not only is this unsustainable, it is outright criminal.

The middle class appears to be the target of economic hitmen, and to make matters worse, we now see that ordinary Americans are spending almost twice as much on taxes as they are on food and clothing combined.

In an article entitled Americans Spent More on Taxes Than on Food, Clothing Combined in 2017, CNS News reports on this astounding fact of modern life in the ‘freest country in the world:

“Americans on average spent more on taxes than on food and clothing combined in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s new data on consumer expenditures, which was released this month.

“Consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent an average of $9,562 on food and clothing in 2017, according to BLS.

But they spent $16,749 on federal, state and local taxes.” [Source]




CNS goes onto to break down the tax burden of the average American:

“Even though Americans spent more on taxes in 2017 than on food and clothing combined, the average 2017 overall tax bill of $16,749 was still lower than the average 2016 overall tax bill of $17,153.

In 2016, according to the BLS, the average American consumer unit spent $8,367 on federal income taxes; $2,046 on local income taxes; and $75 on other taxes—which the BLS rounded to a subtotal of $10,489.

The average 2016 tax bill also included $4,695 in Social Security taxes and $1,969 for property taxes—bringing the total average tax bill for the year to $17,153.

Also in 2017, Americans spent on average $7,203 on food and $1,803 on apparel and services—for a combined $9,006 on food and clothing.” [Source]

Many activists and freedom fighters in America have been working to expose the corruption inherent in the federal income tax, noting that a tax on labor is unconstitutional and serves as a defacto form of indentured servitude. In his paradigm-shifting 2006 film, America: Freedom to Fascism, director Aaron Russo actually went to the IRS and spoke to the head of this monolithic agency, attempting to hold him accountable to the American people and the Constitution. Here’s what happened:

Final Thoughts

This is all happening at a time when the economy is supposedly doing fantastic, but wealth inequality is reaching astronomical proportions. It is even estimated that the world’s richest one percent will own two-thirds of all the wealth in the world by the end of next decade. This is a class of people who have the means to organize their financial lives in such a way that helps them to avoid paying taxes, demonstrating that taxes are a really great way to bilk the middle class and force them into supporting a corrupt political class and all the organs of big government.

Meanwhile, the American people have allowed themselves to be led into dangerous societal division by a corporate news media that ignores real issues, such as the corrupt taxing system, and directs their attention onto superficial political issues and sensational nonsense.


Contributed by Isaac Davis of WakingTimes.com

Isaac Davis is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and OffgridOutpost.com Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and of a voluntary society. He is an avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.


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By L. Steele | America Uncensored | Sept. 21, 2018

If you, like many other Americans living in reality, find yourself wondering why there seems to be jobs hiring and nobody applying? It may have something to do with the latest trend backed by George Soros and other billionaire scum with money to burn.

Targeting those looking to travel and make an easy buck, Soros and others have decided to pay people for opinions. Not their own opinions of course, but the opinions they are told to protest for. Paying people who can’t think for themselves to protest whatever they are told to.

Activists backed by George Soros were caught giving money to protesters of Brett Kavanaugh before being arrested.

As reported by Peter Hasson & Joe Simonson at The Daily Caller News Foundation:

Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democratic donors hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the activists revealed Monday night.

A coalition of left-wing activist organizations including Women’s March, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and Housing Works have scheduled the near-constant disruptions at the Kavanaugh hearings as part of an organized effort to derail the confirmation process in a series of meetings since he was first nominated.

The cash from the donor-funded groups goes toward the protesters’ post-and-forfeit payments — a small cash sum paid to resolve low-level misdemeanor crimes and avoid jail time.

Those are just some of the details representatives from the three groups revealed in a Monday night conference call planning their next two anti-Kavanaugh protests, one on Thursday and one next Monday.

The Daily Caller News Foundation received a tip with the dial-in code for Monday’s conference call and was present on the call in its entirety. One reporter, who asked questions, revealed his name during the introductions portion of the meeting.

Protesters only need a government-issued ID and “your cash for the post-and-forfeit,” CPD national field organizer Darius Gordon said on the call.

The left-wing organizations would provide cash for the post-and-forfeits to protesters who didn’t show up with their own money, Gordon and another organizer, Housing Works national advocacy coordinator Paul Davis, both said on Monday’s call.

“If you do not have access to your cash we will certainly be able to arrange to get it to you before the action,” Davis said, noting that they had done so at previous anti-Kavanaugh protests.




Billionaire George Soros, who uses a network of nonprofits to advance his left-wing political ideology on a global scale, is a primary source of funding for CPD.

Tom Steyer, another Democratic billionaire and possible 2020 presidential candidate, is also listed as providing funds to groups organizing the protests.

Women’s March lists Planned Parenthood as its “exclusive premier sponsor” and environmentalist group National Resources Defense Council Inc. as its “presenting platinum sponsor.”

While Soros is proven to be an enemy of the United States, he remains free, using his wealth to cause instability throughout the nation.


Contributed by L. Steele of America Uncensored .net


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